Thai Inventor Shows Off Unique Solar Hybrid Tuk Tuk

That unmistakable chugging from gas-powered tuk tuks (think funky motorcycle) may become a thing of the past on Bangkok streets someday.  Although the Thai government stopped issuing permits in 2008, gas-powered tuk tuks still clog Bangkok streets and contribute to that city’s dirt and pollution.

One aspiring inventor is attempting to get the Thai government and Bangkok tuk tuk drivers to move from cooking oil or gas fueled buggies (tuk tuks) to solar electric hybrid ones instead, according to the AFP. Tuk tuk maker Clean Fuel Energy Enterprise says its solar electric hybrids are silent and can travel between 60 and 80 kilometers on a single charge.  Interestingly – and perhaps something that would be fun to do – is that these hybrid vehicles are supposed to travel up to 60 miles per hour.

Tuk Tuk

image via C-FEE

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look likely that this invention will hit Bangkok streets any time soon.  The price tag is incredibly high for the average tuk tuk driver and environmental regulations that would boost this electric vehicle’s cause aren’t due out for several years.  And, this solar car hasn’t yet won regulatory approval from Thai authorities.   Although the electric vehicle has its share of supporters, it will take time and probably government subsidies before this little green vehicle whisks you around the city.

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1 Comment

  • Reply July 4, 2010

    Gene @ Diy Solar Panels

    Its ugly looking, but at least functional.

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